Kalea Hall and Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 12:36 AM EDT Sep 16, 2019 Members of the United Auto Workers went on strike at General Motors Co. plants nationwide at midnight Sunday night, sending 46,000 workers to picket lines in the union’s first walkout since the automaker emerged from taxpayer-funded bankruptcy. The UAW on Sunday night said “dialogue is continuing” with the Detroit automaker, but a GM spokesman said talks were halted amid an increasingly acrimonious atmosphere and an unorthodox response by GM that breaks with decades of bargaining protocol. The UAW said a bargaining session is scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday. More: Daniel Howes: Federal corruption probe, mistrust fuel UAW-GM strike More: Strike will hurt rank-and-file workers before GM, experts say “Here we go again with General Motors and the United Auto Workers,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter. “Get together and make a deal!” In a surprisingly detailed response to Sunday’s strike announcement, GM outlined its offer to the union that promises more than $7 billion in investments over the life of a new contract. It said it would create more than 5,400 jobs, boost base wages, pay lump-sum bonuses, improve benefits — and, The Detroit News has learned, rescue its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant from closure… Read full this story
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